Trousdale Estates is an exclusive 410-acre enclave of Beverly Hills that was developed primarily during the 1950s and 60s. Even today, the real estate in Trousdale Beverly Hills is comprised primarily of single-story mansions, many of which were designed in the mid-century modern style that was contemporary when the neighborhood was first developed.
Renown for its extravagant homes and architecture, Trousdale Estates remains one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Beverly Hills.
In addition to its architecture, Trousdale Estates is famous for the many celebrity residents that reside in the neighborhood. Over the years, Trousdale has been home to some of the most iconic names in show business, including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Curtis, Ray Charles, and Groucho Marx.
Originally known as Doheny Ranch or the Doheny Estates, the area that is now known as Trousdale Estates was purchased by real estate developer Paul Trousdale in the early 1950s. Trousdale later convinced the Beverly Hills City Council to make the neighborhood part of the city, at which time it was renamed Trousdale Estates.
Initially, the area was parceled off into 532 lots with many of the early homes in the area being designed by renowned architects such as Paul R. Williams, A. Quincy Jones, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
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Trousdale Beverly Hills real estate remains some of the most exclusive in the country. Recently the longtime Trousdale home of legendary comedian and Television Academy Hall of Fame inductee, Sid Caesar, was listed for $4.25M.
Caesar’s mansion, which was built in 1962, still contains much of the original interior design elements and features a pool and minimally landscaped backyard with excellent city views.
In 2014 Trousdale Estates made national news when the music industry’s favorite power couple, Jay-Z and Beyonce, lost out on a bidding war over a $70 million “mega-mansion” to Swedish game developer and Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson.
Among other things, the eight-bedroom mansion features 15 bathrooms, closets that have been described as “apartment-sized,” a movie theater, vodka and tequila bars, a candy room, a car showroom, and a 54-foot curved glass door opening to an infinity pool.
Like Palm Springs, the homes in Trousdale have always been closely associated with single-story mid century modern homes. Unfortunately, in the 1980s and 90s, during the era of the “McMansion,” many of Trousdale’s original mid century mansions were torn down.
But as fashion, music, and style have continued to evolve, the area has come into vogue once again. Particularly as the popularity of the TV show Mad Men and the enduring appeal of music from the Frank Sinatra “Rat Pack” era have made fashion, architectural and design styles from the 50s and 60s popular again.
Conveniently located to fine dining restaurants and the world class shopping found on Rodeo Drive, Trousdale Estates is a secure neighborhood with 24/7 security patrol cars and armed security personnel.